On August 5, a mail carrier in Miami, Florida was sent to the hospital for the serious personal injuries she suffered when she was attacked by a brown and white pit bull named “Blue.”
On the day of the incident, 53-year-old Georgia Pacheco was delivering mail when a dog attacked her in front of a residence. The sidewalk in front of the home where the attack occurred was spattered with her blood.
According to Miami Fire Rescue Lieutenant Ignatius Carroll, the dog leaped at Pacheco, apparently going for her face or throat. He said that she was able to push the dog away from her face, and it lunged at her, biting her on the chest area and her hand.
Pacheco received rush transport to the emergency room at Coral Gables hospital and was still undergoing treatment later that night.
According to a Miami-Dade animal control investigator on the scene, one of Pachecho’s fingers may have been severed or partially severed in the attack.
According to Miami police officer Jeffrey Giordano, the dog involved in the attack was a Staffordshire terrier, which is one of the largest breeds of pit bull. The dog was taken away by animal control officials. Reportedly, it was euthanized that night.
Had the dog lived, the owners would have been ordered to remove it from the county, as pit bulls are illegal in Miami-Dade County. The dog’s owner, Omar Fernandez, denies that it is a pit bull and was furious upon learning the dog had been put to sleep.
According to a spokesman for the postal service, Pacheco had been a mail carrier for “many years.” The agency released a statement that said more than 3,000 mail carriers are attacked by dogs each year and urged responsible ownership of pets.
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